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Published in NY Times
01/05/2002

To the editor

Re: Brent Staples on teaching reading. ("How the clip n'snips owner changed special education"; January 5).

I have been involved in research on reading for over 20 years.

I am unaware of any studies showing that " 4 in 10 children ... have trouble learning to read." I am, however, aware of research showing that children in the US read quite well.

I am unaware of research showing that "95 percent of learning- impaired children can become effective readers if taught by scientifically proven methods (heavy phonics)." I am, however, aware of research showing that children who read more read better.

I am unaware of anyone seriously involved with whole language who defines it as children "wandering through books." I am aware, however, of whole language practice that provides children with interesting texts and helps them understand these texts, using phonics as one means of doing so.

Stephen Krashen, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
University of Southern California


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